Last week a group of Master Students traveled to Eindhoven to visit Phenomworld. Phenomworld has separated from a major Electron Microscope Builder, FEI, a few years ago. Phenomworld makes desktop Scanning Electron Microscopes. A desktop SEM is about as big as an old school computer, but weights between 60 and 80 kilos. The resolution can be up to 8 nm in ideal circumstances. Normally, SEMs take up almost an entire room.
Desktop SEMs have different applications, like looking at gun shot residues, but also many applications in the Life Science Field.